Differential Analyser [Meccano]; Meccano Limited (England, estab. 1901); 2008.18

Name/Title

Differential Analyser [Meccano]

About this object

The Cambridge Meccano Differential Analyser is a mechanical analog computer which solves differential equations by integration. It makes use of one or more wheel and disc integrators, interconnected by shafts in various ways to suit the problem equations.

About 15 Meccano based Differential Analysers as well as many other full scale Differential Analysers were built in USA, UK and Europe between 1934 and the early 1950s, until they were eventually replaced by faster digital computers.

Maker

Meccano Limited (England, estab. 1901)

Place Made

Cambridge

Subject and Association Keywords

1930s

Subject and Association Keywords

1940s

Collection

Computing

Credit Line

The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

Object Type

Computer, Analog/Processor, Analog Data/Data Processing Devices/Data Processing T&E/06 Tools & Equipment for Communication/Nomenclature

Object number

2008.18

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